Black Country, New Road's "For the first time" shortlisted for the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize

Black Country, New Road's debut album "For the first time" shortlisted for the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize "For the first time" is out now on Ninja Tune Stream / Buy "For the first time"


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Selected praise for "For the first time": “One of the best albums of 2021” - The Observer (5/5) “Stunning” - The Sunday Times "The most exciting new band of 2021" - The Times (5/5) “Has the veneer of masterpiece about it.” - Loud & Quiet (10/10) "a triumph" - NME (5/5) "the album packs in a career’s worth of ideas and suggests this band could go on to become something even more special." - London Evening Standard (5/5) "a significant milestone in modern guitar music." - CLASH (9/10) "For The First Time is ferocious and endlessly intelligent, highly considered and wildly improvised, eked out with bristling tension and set alight with a burning intensity and a knowing smile" - The Line Of Best Fit (9/10) "You'll be hard pushed to find a more adventurously self-assured debut this year" - Uncut (9/10) "Exploratory British alt-rock debut to get excited about" - MOJO (4/5) "“This mind-bending musical odyssey is one to savour” - The i (4/5) "Black Country, New Road’s first full-length statement becomes a thing wholly unto themselves, a document of restless creativity and incisive minds processing an era of too much mediation and stimulation." - Stereogum (Album of the Week) "true storytellers who have captured the passion and intensity of our cynical times." - Gigwise (8/10) "Black Country, New Road might be the perfect band.​" - The Quietus “If the world needs saving, maybe they’re the band to do it” - The FADER "Together, they have carved out a niche with expansive compositions that take the mood of post-punk and rough it up with grinding guitars, cinematic flourishes, klezmer breakdowns and a kind of sweeping, desperate romanticism." - CRACK "a frenetic, fireball of their caustic, maniacal post-punk meets acid-jazz cacophony that makes the young outfit stand alongside the very best" - So Young "Anxiously excellent" - The FACE "On the cusp of a debut that comes good on all the obtuse, esoteric groundwork they’ve spent the past two years laying” - DIY, Class of 2020 “It is razor sharp as you might imagine, darkly comic, completely impossible to box, and I love it for all those reasons" - Mary Anne Hobbs "Just loving how gargantuan and risky this is, really fucking with this, really messing with it" - Anthony Fantano (The Needle Drop)

Black Country, New Road are delighted to share the news that their album "For the first time" has been shortlisted for the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize. Isaac from the band had the following to say about this achievement: “It felt great to release our debut album earlier this year and to see so many people enjoy it. For it to be nominated for such a prestigious award has blown our minds! We feel truly grateful for the album to be shortlisted in a year when so many other great albums were released too.” "For the first time" was released in February on Ninja Tune and immediately saw the band embedded in the public consciousness as a vital prospect in forward-thinking music. A prospect perhaps best defined by The Times who wrote in their 5/5 write-up that they were "the most exciting band of 2021" and The Observer who called their record "one of the best albums of the year". "For the first time" was welcomed by extensive critical support globally, and also made a significant dent on the UK Albums Chart, landing at #4 in its first week, a remarkable achievement for a largely experimental debut record. As well as today's Mercury Prize shortlist inclusion, “For the first time” has also made a wide number of mid-year "best of" lists at press, radio and retail already. They sit at the top of Uncut's and have seen further inclusion at The Guardian, NME, SPIN, Stereogum, The Quietus, Pop Matters, 6 Music’s Albums Of The Year So Far, KCRW, Rough Trade, Resident and Norman Records. Earlier this year, "For the first time" also reached #1 on Any Decent Music, #2 at Album Of The Year and sat at #1 on Rate Your Music for several weeks, remaining the record to generate the most fan reviews and site discussion there this year. Black Country, New Road and “For the first time” were also declared Artist Of The Week and Album Of The Week at the likes of The Observer, The Line Of Best Fit and Stereogum, and saw features, including covers and reviews, from the likes of Mojo, NPR, CRACK, Uncut, The Quietus, Pitchfork, The FADER, Loud & Quiet, The Face, Paste, The Needle Drop, DIY, NME, CLASH, So Young, Dork and more. The band recently shared a live version video of "Opus", which was taken from their “Live From Another World” session. Watch "Opus" HERE Watch "Live From Another World" in full HERE The band will play the following dates in 2021: 15/08/2021 - Rotondes, Luxembourg - LUX 19-22/08/2021 - We Out Here, Cambridgeshire - UK 02-05/09/2021 - End Of The Road, London - UK 03/09/2021 - Wide Awake, London - UK 14/09/2021 - Electric Ballroom, London - UK (SOLD OUT) * 23/10/2021 - Bumann & Sohn, Cologne - DE 24/10/2021 - Botanique Orangerie, Belgium - BE 25/10/2021 - Le Trabendo, Paris - FR 27/10/2021 - Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing - FR 28/10/2021 - Lieu Unique, Nantes - FR 29/10/2021 - Rockschool Barbey, Bordeaux - FR 30/10/2021 - Dabadaba, San Sebastian - ES 01/11/2021 - ZDB, Lisbon - PT (SOLD OUT) 02/11/2021 - El Sol, Madrid - ES 03/11/2021 - Laut, Barcelona - ES 05/11/2021 - Circolo della Musica, Turin - IT 06/11/2021 - Bogen F, Zürich - CH 08/11/2021 - Underdogs', Prague - CZ 09/11/2021 - Lido, Berlin - DE 10/11/2021 - Hydrozagadka, Warsaw - PL 11/11/2021 - Transcentury Update Warm Up @ UT Connewitz Leipzig - DE 12/11/2021 - Bahnhof Pauli, Hamburg - DE 14/11/2021 - Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht - NL 16/11/2021 - Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam - NL (SOLD OUT) 29/11/2021 - Chalk, Brighton - UK * 30/11/2021 - Junction 1, Cambridge - UK * 01/12/2021 - 1865, Southampton - UK * 03/12/2021 - Arts Club, Liverpool - UK * 04/12/2021 - Irish Centre, Leeds - UK (SOLD OUT) * 06/12/2021 - O2 Ritz Manchester, Manchster - UK * 07/12/2021 - Newcastle University Student Union, Newcastle Upon Tyne - UK * 08/12/2021 - SWG3, Glasgow - UK * 09/12/2021 - The Mill, Birmingham - UK * 10/12/2021 - The Waterfront, Norwich - UK * 12/12/2021 - SWX, Bristol - UK * 13/12/2021 - Y Plas, Cardiff - UK * 15/12/2021 - Whelan's, Dublin - IE (SOLD OUT) * * - with Ethan P. Flynn Tickets are available HERE 'For the first time' is available on LP, CD, as well as Cassette (BC,NR store only).

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Black Country, New Road For the first time Out now on Ninja Tune 1. Instrumental 2. Athens, France 3. Science Fair 4. Sunglasses 5. Track X ​6. Opus Black Country, New Road are: May Kershaw - Keys Charlie Wayne - Drums Luke Mark - Guitar Isaac Wood - Vocals/Guitar Tyler Hyde - Bass Lewis Evans - Sax Georgia Ellery – Violin